Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chalk Inks: My version of a review & a Giveaway!!

I have been looking for some really nice chalk inks, especially lately with all of the chalkboard paper, paints and such out there. I know of three, so those are the ones that I will share with you. If any of you know of more than what I have listed, please share! I also want to put out there that these are my very own opinions. I am not here to sway you any which way, but to give you my humble opinion.

The Inks I used are:
Hero Hues Chalk Ink-Iris
ColorBox Fluid Chalk-Ice Blue
VersaMagic Chalk Ink-Aquatic Splash

I used each brand on a piece of white cardstock and also on a piece of chalkboard paper.
Here are the results:

Pros: I love the colors that they have out right now. Stamps very evenly. The pad is one of those with a fabric type top, which is a big plus for me. On the white cardstock, the image came out great.
Cons: On the chalkboard cardstock, the color did not show up very well. There are a limited amount of colors that they have out right now (hoping they plan on coming out with more).
Verdict: I will still use these, as I love how they came out on the white cardstock, but will steer clear of the chalkboard paper with them.
ColorBox Chalk Ink in Ice Blue
Pros: Lots of colors to choose from. Though not a fabric pad, it's almost like one of those really nice makeup sponges that are really dense. They help make very even distribution of ink. The colors come out really soft.
Cons: Again, the ink doesn't show up very well on the chalkboard paper.
Verdict: Would definitely use again, just not on the chalkboard paper.
VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Aquatic Splash
Pros: Color shows up great on both the white cardstock and chalkboard paper. Again, a lot of color choices to choose from.
Cons: When applying the ink to the stamp, the stamps quickly becomes over-saturated if not careful.
Verdict: Very nice coverage. Works great on both types of paper.

Overall, my favorite ink pads were the VersaMagic as they come in so many different colors and work well on both the papers.

Now, because you have been so patient through all of my babbling (I hope you come away with something good out of this), I have a giveaway.
I will choose a random winner who will receive one of each of the inks that I used, a pack of Black Magic Core'dinations paper and a Cosmo Cricket Blackboard album.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me some products that you would like to learn more information about, and on Wednesday evening (the 6th of July) I will choose a winner.
Please feel free to leave feedback on whether this post was helpful or not!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Market Street June Sneak Peek!!

Hello, and welcome to another month of sneak peeks from Market Street Stamps. If you hop on over to their blog, you can check out what a couple of the other girls did for theirs. Don't forget to check out the blog again tomorrow night for more!!!
The set I am sneaking is called Gone Campin'. It will be perfect for those camping layouts and backyard bonfire party invites.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 117 Saturday Challenge at 365 Cards!!

Hello, and welcome back to another Saturday challenge from 365 Cards! The prompt today is "Do that Decade" and the decade is the 1950's.
For my take on it, I decided to go with a retro bicycle. I searched high and low for an image that I thought would fit the bill, and I finally found it at Two Peas in a Bucket. I used one of the bikes from Shelley Castillo called Bicycle Ride Brush set.
One of the great things I love about digistamps and images is the fact that you can fit them to whatever project you are working on.
I made this card real simple, as that's how things were back in the 50's. I hope you all enjoyed today's card!

Card Recipe
Digital Stamps: Shelley Callisto {Two Peas in a Bucket}
Rubber Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestablilites {Labels 8}
Bling: stash
Flower: Prima
Ribbon: stash

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My True Happiness is You!!!

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a glorious day. Our forecast for today was thunderstorms all day long, but so far they have completely missed us and we have had gorgeous skies above.
I've been on Facebook lately, and I have been hearing all this talk about a new paper company, Authentique Paper. So I went over to check out their Facebook page, and come to find out that this is where Miss Margie Romney-Aslett has gone. 
I had been very sad when I heard that The Girl's Paperie was not going to be any longer, as I was a huge fan. Now, come to find out that she is part of this new venture, my world has brightened up just a wee bit.
I found out that people were finding their new lines at Archivers, so I hopped in my car as soon as I could, and bought just about one of everything in the 3 lines that they had there. {The hubby may be a little shocked once he sees that bill come in!} As soon as I got home I had to play with my new toys!
This is the first card that I made:

I really liked the newsprint background paper, but for this card I thought that it needed just a little bit something else, so I inked up my Market Street Stamps Vintage Wallpaper background stamp with some Pixie Dust VersaMagic chalk ink. After it was stamped, but before the ink completely dried, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it to give it some added texture.
Once the card was put together I took my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Silver Sugar and let a few clumps from the sprayer fall where they may, then misted over the tissue paper flower and tag.
I hope you like what I made, and next time you are in your LSS, check to see if they are carrying Authentique Paper. I think you just might fall in love with it as much as I have!!!

Card Recipe
Patterned paper, words and tag: Authentique Paper
Stamp: Market Street Stamps {Vintage Wallpaper background}
Spray mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist {Silver Sugar}
Tissue paper: stash
Bling: stash

Saturday, June 18, 2011

365 Cards Day 110, Saturday Challenge!!

Here is my card for today's challenge  over at 365 Cards. The prompt is to draw inspiration from a movie poster of a movie that is coming out this summer.
Today's movie poster is for the new Winnie the Pooh movie.
 When I think about Winnie the Pooh, my mind immediately goes to friendship, and that is what I based my card on today.
 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today's card!!!

Card Recipe
Patterned Paper: Prima Marketing
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Simple Joys}
Other: Glossy Accents by Ranger Ink {on the butterflies}

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Through Rain or Shine!!

So, this is going to be a nice short but sweet post, but just wanted to share this card that I made the other day. I got my hands on some products I haven't yet tried out yet and went to town. Hope you enjoy!!!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Hero Arts Chalk Ink, Momento
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny {Mama-razzi}
Paper Flower: Prima
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities {Labels 8}
Bling: Kaisercraft
Spray Mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist {Marshmallow}
Lace Ribbon: The Girls Paperie
ChalkBoard Paper: Canvas Corp.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Market Street Sketch Challenge 3!!

Hello! So happy you could join me today!! I have my card inspiration for the Market Street Stamps Card Challenge. Along with the sketch there was an added challenge of using a spray mist.
The first thing I did was stamp Vintage Notepad using VersaMark onto my white cardstock. I then covered it with clear embossing powder and heated it with my heat gun. 
Next, I used October Afternoon's Sprinklers in Lemon Drop and Strawberry and alternated spraying them over the card base. The embossed image works as a resist, and you get a great look!
The label is a die cut from Nestabilities Label One onto Bazzill's embossed cardstock, Peek-a-Boo Leaves in white. I then used a yellow ink pad to rub over the raised part of the embossed paper to make it pop a little more. 
The rest is self explanatory, or at least I hope so. If you have any questions, please don't be afraid to ask. 
Hope you enjoyed today's card!!!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Vintage Notepad, Celebrate Cake}
Spray Mists: October Afternoon Sprinklers {Lemon Drop, Strawberry
Ink: VersaMagic, VersaMark, 
Cabachon: handmade
Bling: Close to My Heart
Ribbon: unknown
Twine: American Crafts
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities {Labels One}

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pure Joy!!

Hello all!! Hope your week is going great so far. Mine has been busy, busy, busy. We are having some gorgeous weather here in the midwest finally. 
Here is a card I made using some Market Street Stamps. Have I mentioned to you at all how much I LOVE these stamps? I just can't get enough of them. 
I have been really trying to use some products that I haven't touched in awhile, so on this card I decided to use my Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam. The color is Dirty Martini, but for some reason, when I took the picture, the color seems to be really off. I promise all the shades of green match in real life, but the picture makes them look mismatched.
I also was not able to find the ribbon that I wanted to use, so instead I ripped off a piece of fabric in place of the ribbon. I thought it turned out pretty good. I especially love the distressed look of it.
 At first I thought that it might be a little too plain, but anything I thought that I might put on there just made it too crowded.
Well I hope you all enjoyed it {even with the mismatched look to the greens}!!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Woodgrain background, Simple Joys}
Glimmer Glam: Tattered Angels {Dirty Martini}
Scalloped Circles: EK Success punches
Bling: My Mind's Eye Lush
Floss: We R Memory Keepers
Fabric: stash
Ink: Hero Arts Chalk Ink {Grass, Latte}

Monday, June 13, 2011

Can You Believe It??

Can you believe it? I finally have bought my very first Spellbinders Nestibilities!! I have been hemming and hahing over getting one for the last year, and I finally got up the nerve to just do it. So, I bought Labels 1 and I am absolutely loving it.
I am a pretty weird person, but I have had my Cuttlebug for over a year, and I had never used a die in it. I have only used embossing folders because I didn't want to ruin my perfectly non-marred B plate. But now, I have finally used it for cutting and I won't be able to stop! {I will be buying another B plate so that I will have some fresh ones for embossing.}
So, for this card, I had soooo much fun. I used some Canvas Crop Corrugated Paper and distressed it, then sprayed the base of the card with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I used Cosmo Cricket's Odds & Ends patterned paper {LOVE IT} with my Labels 1, and then also cut out the quotes from another piece from Odds & Ends. It turned out great, and I am very proud of it!

Card Recipe
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket {Odds & Ends}
Corrugated Paper: Canvas Corp.
Flower: Maya Road {stuck down with a Gluber from Cosmo Cricket}
Leaf Stick Pins: Maya Road
Glimmer Spray: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist {Iridescent Gold}
Red Cord: American Crafts

Saturday, June 11, 2011

365 Cards Day 103 Challenge!!

***If you are looking for the School's Out for Summer Blog Hop, please click here.***

Welcome today's Saturday Challenge from 365 Cards. Today's prompt is 
"Frosting" - Use the word, an image, whatever the word makes you think of.
And here is my card:
Whenever I think of frosting, I immediately think of cupcakes topped with homemade buttercream frosting. MMmmMM!!!
Make sure you pop on over to 365 Cards and take a look at what the rest of the design team has come up with for all of this week's preceding challenges. Also, for your chance to win a guest design team spot, make sure to join one of the challenges from this week.
Have a great Saturday!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

School's Out for Summer Blog Hop!!

What do you look most forward to for summer?
Me, I love the time I get to spend with my girls. I love the fact that we can pick up and do just about whatever we want with only a few time constraints. Want to sleep in? We can do that. Want to go to the zoo? We can do that. Want to run through the sprinkler? Well, they can do that while I take pictures.

Welcome to the School's Out for Summer Blog Hop!! I hope you have made it safely from Sarah.

My project for today is a layout of one of our yearly day trips to a local attraction. They have all sorts of rides for all ages, and this year they added their first roller coaster.

The layout recipe will be found at the end of the post. Your next stop on the hop brings you over to Kristin. If you happen to get lost along the way, or have just joined us, you can find the complete list of participating blogs below.

Here   DoBea
Next   Kristin
          Jen R
          Julie Ranae
          Linn -

Layout Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories {100 Days of Summer}
Border Punch: EK Success {Abstract Flower}
Scallop Punch: EK Success
Lace Ribbon: American Crafts
Letter Stickers: October Afternoon

Saturday, June 4, 2011

365 Cards Day 96 Challenge

Hello, and welcome to today's card for 365 Cards Saturday Challenge. The challenge for today was "ad inspiration". So I used this ad from Coke:
The paper is from Bo Bunny's Gabrielle collection. I fussy cut all of the butterflies, wanting to give the card a bunch of 3D appeal. The border punch is from EK Success. Almost all of my punches are from them, as I have had the least amount of problems with them sticking or plain just not cutting clean. The "I Believe" stamp is from Market Street Stamps' Simple Joys stamp set.
I hope you all enjoy this wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Market Street Color Cue Challenge 3!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! I have been busy trying to get things done around the house before some friends get here tomorrow!! Even though I saw them just a month ago, it's a real treat for us to see them more than once a year, them living in the south and all. 
Today's card was made for the Market Street Stamps Color Cue Challenge 3. If you haven't yet entered a project for one of the challenges, this is a great chance for you to win one of their stamp sets. I know, at least for me, that trying out a new stamp maker is kind of a leap of faith, not knowing about the quality and all, but they truly do have the best quality photo-polymer stamps out there. If I had the means to send you all one of their stamps to try out, I would, because I love them that much!! I don't know if this holds any sway with you or not, but they are manufactured by the same people who bring you Peachy Keen Stamps {Kathy is actually Angelica's mom}, and I KNOW how much you all love them. And the Market Street Stamps artwork is phenomenal!! Talent seriously runs in that family.
Okay, enough of my little spiel. Here is my card for today.
Hope you all enjoy!!!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Punched Tin, Hippie Chic}
Lace: American Crafts
Stick Pins: Maya Road
Ink: Hero Arts, Adirondack by Ranger